AN Eastbourne GP has welcomed the COVID-19 vaccine from Oxford University and AstraZeneca approved for use in the UK today.

Dr Jonathan Andrews is a GP at Princes Park Health Centre in Eastbourne.

He has been talking to the BBC this morning.

He said this vaccine will make it much easier to vaccinate people in their 80s and 90s, some even older, who are housebound.

He said it was exciting news.

Dr Andrews said in the run up to Christmas, his surgery was given just three days to vaccinate 975 patients.

That, he said, had been achieved but was ‘quite stressful.’